Get creative with leftovers or donate surplus food

There are a lot of innovative and tasty ways to use up food that might otherwise go in the bin. Your local Community Food Hub or food project might also appreciate your surplus food.​


According to WRAP, the UK throws away around 9.5 million tonnes of food a year, worth nearly £13 billion! An estimated 70% of this food could have been eaten.

As well as diverting good food from people in need, throwing away food wastes natural resources and contributes to climate change. This includes emissions generated from producing, transporting and refrigerating food, only for it to be wasted.

Food waste that ends up in landfill instead of being recycled releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which contributes further to climate change.

Avoiding food waste by using up leftovers and donating your surplus food can make a considerable difference to your carbon footprint.


Creative ways to use leftovers

  • Rescue leftover toast as breadcrumbs for fishcakes and stale bread for puddings, croutons or crostini
  • Throw vegetable trimmings into soups and stock
  • Use squidgy fruit in smoothies, juices, sauces and ice creams
  • Turn excess produce into chutneys, pickles, jams, compotes and sauces
  • Roast veg which is past its best for all sorts of delicious dishes
  • Use surplus milk and cream in smoothies, sauces and ice cream
  • Turn sad-looking herbs, lettuce or greens into zingy pesto.

Check out Love Food Hate Waste for food waste reducing recipes and tips.

Donating food

You can find a local community food project to share your surplus food with via the Cambridge Sustainable Food website or try a sharing app like Olio.

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